Movies and Meaning

Movies and Meaning
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Author: Stephen Prince
Pages: 444
ISBN: 0205314155
Release: 2001
Editor: Allyn & Bacon

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Movies and Meaning is a comprehensive introduction to the film industry that focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. It examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen.

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Movies and the Meaning of Life
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Author: Kimberly A. Blessing,Paul Tudico
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9780812698749
Release: 2013-12-01
Editor: Open Court

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions," said the existentiallist thinker Albert Camus. And no less a philosopher than Woody Allen has wondered:"How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?" "Movies and the Meaning of Life" looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life); How do I find myself and my true identity? (Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, Memento); How do I find meaning from my interactions with others? (Pulp Fiction, Shadowlands, Chasing Amy); What is the chief purpose in life? (American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption); and How ought I live my life? (Pleasantville, Spiderman, Minority Report, Groundhog Day).

Movies and Meaning

Movies and Meaning
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Author: Stephen Prince
Pages: 397
ISBN: UVA:X004069409
Release: 1997
Editor: Allyn & Bacon

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Designed to give students an introduction to the motion picture medium, this comprehensive book focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. A special feature of the book is the attention given to the ways viewers respond to the elements of film structure.

Instructor s Review Copy for Movies and Meaning

Instructor s Review Copy for Movies and Meaning
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Author: Stephen Prince
Pages: 464
ISBN: 0205217044
Release: 2012-01-26
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This comprehensive introduction to film text focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. Using clear, accessible, and jargon-free writing, this is the only introductory film text to examine the elements of film style and the viewer's contribution to the cinema experience. How do viewers interpret the effects filmmakers create? How do filmmakers anticipate, and build on, the likely ways viewers will react to certain kinds of stories and audio-visual designs? The text examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen. This approach helps students understand not only the basic concepts but also how their own reactions and opinions impact the overall film experience.

Movies with Meaning

Movies with Meaning
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Author: Daniel Shaw
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781474299312
Release: 2017-06-29
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This book pairs close readings of some of the classic writings of existentialist philosophers with interpretations of films that reveal striking parallels to each of those texts, demonstrating their respective philosophies in action. Individual chapters include significant excerpts from the original texts being discussed and illustrated. Pairings cover Schopenhauer and Waking Life, Stirner and Hud, Kierkegaard and Winter Light, Nietzsche and The Fountainhead, Heidegger, Blade Runner and The Thin Red Line, Camus, Leaving Las Vegas and Missing, Sartre, Husbands and Wives, and Michael Collins, de Beauvoir and Revolutionary Road, and Foucault and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Movies with Meaning offers a clear and insightful examination of the relationships between existential philosophers and film, providing both digests of their most significant texts and cinematic illustrations of what each had in mind. For the first time in one place, this book analyses the implications for film of the perspectives of a wide array of the most significant existentialist thinkers. Organized chronologically, like most existentialism anthologies, this is an ideal textbook for an intermediate level existentialism course, or as a companion to a selection of primary texts.

Movies and Meaning An Introduction to Film 2nd Ed

Movies and Meaning  An Introduction to Film  2nd Ed
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Author: Stephen Prince
Pages: 329
ISBN: OCLC:865480464
Release: 2001
Editor: Unknown

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Signs and Meaning in the Cinema

Signs and Meaning in the Cinema
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Author: Peter Wollen
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781838718190
Release: 2019-07-25
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

First published in 1969, Signs and Meaning in the Cinema transformed the emerging discipline of film studies. Remarkably eclectic and informed, Peter Wollen's highly influential and groundbreaking work remains a brilliant and accessible theorisation of film as an art form and as a sign system. The book is divided into three main sections. The first explores the work of Sergei Eisenstein as film-maker, designer and aesthetician. The second, which contains a celebrated comparison of the films of John Ford and Howard Hawks, is an exposition and defence of the auteur theory. The third formulates a semiology of the cinema, invoking cinema as an exemplary test-case for comparative aesthetics and general theories of signification. Wollen's Conclusion argues for an avant-garde cinema, bringing post-structuralist ideas into his discussion of Godard and other contemporaries. Published as part of the BFI Silver series, this fifth edition features a new foreword by film theorist David Rodowick and brings together material from the four previous editions, inviting the reader to trace the development of Wollen's thinking, and the unfolding of the discourse of cinema.

Instrutor s Manual for Movies and Meaning

Instrutor s Manual for Movies and Meaning
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Author: Stephen Prince
Pages: 67
ISBN: 0205497578
Release: 2007
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Movies and Meaning Mycommunicationkit

Movies and Meaning   Mycommunicationkit
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Author: Stephen Prince
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0205660215
Release: 2009-01-28
Editor: Pearson College Division

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This package contains the following components: -0205653081: Movies and Meaning: An Introduction to Film -0205688004: MyCommunicationKit

Cinematic Faith

Cinematic Faith
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Author: William D. Romanowski
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781493418206
Release: 2019-05-21
Editor: Baker Academic

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This engaging book explores how Christians can most profitably and critically hear, read, and view popular culture through the lens of film. William Romanowski highlights the benefits of a faith-informed approach to cinema that centers on art and perspective and shows how Christian faith contributes to the moviegoing experience, leading to a deeper understanding of movies and life. The book draws examples from classic and contemporary American movies and includes illustrative film stills. Additional resources for professors and students are available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

The Road Movie

The Road Movie
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Author: Neil Archer
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780231850889
Release: 2016-01-12
Editor: Columbia University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Though often seen as one of America's native cinematic genres, the road movie has lent itself to diverse international contexts and inspired a host of filmmakers. As analyzed in this study, from its most familiar origins in Hollywood the road movie has become a global film practice, whether as a vehicle for exploring the relationship between various national contexts and American cinema, as a means of narrating different national and continental histories, or as a form of individual filmmaking expression. Beginning with key films from Depression-era Hollywood and the New Hollywood of the late 1960s and then considering its wider effect on world cinemas, this volume maps the development and adaptability of an enduring genre, studying iconic films along the way.

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning
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Author: Cedric J. Robinson
Pages: 456
ISBN: 9781469606750
Release: 2012-09-01
Editor: UNC Press Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Cedric J. Robinson offers a new understanding of race in America through his analysis of theater and film of the early twentieth century. He argues that economic, political, and cultural forces present in the eras of silent film and the early "talkies" firmly entrenched limited representations of African Americans. Robinson grounds his study in contexts that illuminate the parallel growth of racial beliefs and capitalism, beginning with Shakespearean England and the development of international trade. He demonstrates how the needs of American commerce determined the construction of successive racial regimes that were publicized in the theater and in motion pictures, particularly through plantation and jungle films. In addition to providing new depth and complexity to the history of black representation, Robinson examines black resistance to these practices. Whereas D. W. Griffith appropriated black minstrelsy and romanticized a national myth of origins, Robinson argues that Oscar Micheaux transcended uplift films to create explicitly political critiques of the American national myth. Robinson's analysis marks a new way of approaching the intellectual, political, and media racism present in the beginnings of American narrative cinema.

An Introduction to Film Analysis

An Introduction to Film Analysis
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Author: Michael Ryan,Melissa Lenos
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781501318559
Release: 2020-04-16
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An Introduction to Film Analysis is designed to introduce students to filmmaking techniques while also providing an invaluable guide to film interpretation. It takes readers step by step through: -the basic technical terms -shot-by-shot analyses of film sequences -set design, composition, editing, camera work, post-production, art direction and more -each chapter provides clear examples and full colour images from classic as well as contemporary films Ryan and Lenos's updated edition introduces students to the different kinds of lenses and their effects, the multiple possibilities of lighting, and the way post-production modifies images through such processes as saturation and desaturation. Students will learn to ask why the camera is placed where it is, why an edit occurs where it does, or why the set is designed in a certain way. The second section of the book focuses on critical analysis, introducing students to the various approaches to film, from psychology to history, with new analysis on postcolonial, transnational and Affect Theory. New to this edition is a third section featuring several in-depth analyses of films to put into practice what comes before: The Birds, The Shining, Vagabond, In the Mood for Love, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

Meaning at the Movies

Meaning at the Movies
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Author: Grant Horner
Pages: 223
ISBN: 1433512289
Release: 2010
Editor: Crossway Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Looking at Christianity and art, the theology of biblical discernment, and a brief history of film, and through analysis of several films, this book equips Christians to think carefully about the art of film.

Andrei Tarkovsky s Sounding Cinema

Andrei Tarkovsky s Sounding Cinema
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Author: Tobias Pontara
Pages: 194
ISBN: 9781000764109
Release: 2019-12-11
Editor: Routledge

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Andrei Tarkovsky's Sounding Cinema adds a new dimension to our understanding and appreciation of the work of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) through an exploration of the presence of music and sound in his films. The first comprehensive study in English concentrating on the soundtrack in Tarkovsky’s cinema, this book reveals how Tarkovsky’s use of electronic music, electronically manipulated sound, traditional folk songs and fragments of canonized works of Western art music plays into the philosophical, existential and ethical themes recurring throughout his work. Exploring the multilayered relationship between music, sound, film image and narrative space, Pontara provides penetrating and innovative close readings of Solaris (1972), Mirror (1975), Stalker (1979), Nostalghia (1983) and The Sacrifice (1986) and in turn deeply enriches critical understanding of Tarkovsky’s films and their relation to the broader traditions of European art cinema. An excellent resource for scholars, researchers and students interested in European art cinema and the role of music in film, as well as for film aficionados interested in Tarkovsky’s work.

Movies and Meaning Pearson New International Edition

Movies and Meaning  Pearson New International Edition
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Author: Stephen Prince
Pages: 388
ISBN: 9781292054964
Release: 2013-10-03
Editor: Pearson Higher Ed

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This comprehensive introduction to film text focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. Using clear, accessible, and jargon-free writing, this is the only introductory film text to examine the elements of film style and the viewer's contribution to the cinema experience. How do viewers interpret the effects filmmakers create? How do filmmakers anticipate, and build on, the likely ways viewers will react to certain kinds of stories and audio-visual designs? The text examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen. This approach helps students understand not only the basic concepts but also how their own reactions and opinions impact the overall film experience.

Making Meaning

Making Meaning
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Author: David BORDWELL,David Bordwell
Pages: 334
ISBN: 9780674028531
Release: 2009-06-30
Editor: Harvard University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

David Bordwell's new book is at once a history of film criticism, an analysis of how critics interpret film, and a proposal for an alternative program for film studies. It is an anatomy of film criticism meant to reset the agenda for film scholarship. As such Making Meaning should be a landmark book, a focus for debate from which future film study will evolve. Bordwell systematically maps different strategies for interpreting films and making meaning, illustrating his points with a vast array of examples from Western film criticism. Following an introductory chapter that sets out the terms and scope of the argument, Bordwell goes on to show how critical institutions constrain and contain the very practices they promote, and how the interpretation of texts has become a central preoccupation of the humanities. He gives lucid accounts of the development of film criticism in France, Britain, and the United States since World War II; analyzes this development through two important types of criticism, thematic-explicatory and symptomatic; and shows that both types, usually seen as antithetical, in fact have much in common. These diverse and even warring schools of criticism share conventional, rhetorical, and problem-solving techniques--a point that has broad-ranging implications for the way critics practice their art. The book concludes with a survey of the alternatives to criticism based on interpretation and, finally, with the proposal that a historical poetics of cinema offers the most fruitful framework for film analysis.

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg
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Author: Philip M. Taylor
Pages: 198
ISBN: UOM:39015047733673
Release: 1999
Editor: Unknown

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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
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Author: Wendy Mass
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780316180368
Release: 2010-11-30
Editor: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In one month Jeremy Fink will turn thirteen. But does he have what it takes to be a teenager? He collects mutant candy, he won't venture more than four blocks from his apartment if he can help it, and he definitely doesn't like surprises. On the other hand, his best friend, Lizzy, isn't afraid of anything, even if that might get her into trouble now and then. Jeremy's summer takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious wooden box arrives in the mail. According to the writing on the box, it holds the meaning of life! Jeremy is supposed to open it on his thirteenth birthday. The problem is, the keys are missing, and the box is made so that only the keys will open it without destroying what's inside. Jeremy and Lizzy set off to find the keys, but when one of their efforts goes very wrong, Jeremy starts to lose hope that he'll ever be able to open the box. But he soon discovers that when you're meeting people named Oswald Oswald and using a private limo to deliver unusual objects to strangers all over the city, there might be other ways of finding out the meaning of life. Lively characters, surprising twists, and thought-provoking ideas make Wendy Mass's latest novel an unforgettable read.

Movies with Meaning

Movies with Meaning
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Author: Daniel Shaw
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781474299282
Release: 2017-06-29
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This book pairs close readings of some of the classic writings of existentialist philosophers with interpretations of films that reveal striking parallels to each of those texts, demonstrating their respective philosophies in action. Individual chapters include significant excerpts from the original texts being discussed and illustrated. Pairings cover Schopenhauer and Waking Life, Stirner and Hud, Kierkegaard and Winter Light, Nietzsche and The Fountainhead, Heidegger, Blade Runner and The Thin Red Line, Camus, Leaving Las Vegas and Missing, Sartre, Husbands and Wives, and Michael Collins, de Beauvoir and Revolutionary Road, and Foucault and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Movies with Meaning offers a clear and insightful examination of the relationships between existential philosophers and film, providing both digests of their most significant texts and cinematic illustrations of what each had in mind. For the first time in one place, this book analyses the implications for film of the perspectives of a wide array of the most significant existentialist thinkers. Organized chronologically, like most existentialism anthologies, this is an ideal textbook for an intermediate level existentialism course, or as a companion to a selection of primary texts.